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Mona Evans
Mona Evans • 1 year ago

Halley's Comet on the Bayeux Tapestry. It was seen by some as an ill omen for King Harold of England, who was then defeated by French invaders. ©Mona Evans "Halley's Comet" www.bellaonline.c...

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"Long Live The King" - Scene 1F: Harold is crowned King of England on 6th January 1066 - Edward’s funeral was that very morning. The new king sits on a throne with nobles to the left and Archbishop Stigand to the right. At the far side people cheer him. On the far right Halley's comet appears; people think it is an evil omen and are terrified. News of the comet is brought to Harold; beneath him a ghostly fleet of ships appears in the lower border- a hint of the Norman invasion to come.

This section of the Bayeux Tapestry (which isn't really a tapestry) supposedly shows King Harold (of the English) trying to pull an arrow out of his eye. Whether this really is how Harold died isn't definitively known, but we do know that Harold was killed, the English lost the Battle of Hastings that day, and William the Bastard of Normandy became William I -- the Conqueror -- of England. What a day that must have been!

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